Assistant Dean of Career Development

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job family: managerial and professional  

STARS Requisition: 44192BR
University Job Title: Director 3 
Department Job Title: Assistant Dean of Career Development  

Grade: 28

Position Focus: 

Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean for the MBA Program of the Yale School of Management (Yale SOM), this position has overall responsibility for guiding a high-profile organization that supports the career education and job search activity of over 600 MBA and 60+ Master of Advanced Management students, ~130 Executive MBA students and a smaller number of MMS students. Working with a strong team of professional and support staff, sets strategic direction for the Career Development Office (CDO) and implements comprehensive and innovative career management and recruitment activities for students and for organizations that hire across SOM degree programs, and oversees career service delivery to the alumni population. The Assistant Dean is a critical and strategic resource in creating, developing and strengthening school-wide external relationships with the broad array of enterprises with which Yale SOM interacts on multiple dimensions.

Essential Duties: 


  1. Anticipate and capitalize on trends and emerging developments in the global marketplace. Ensure that the CDO is innovative and nimble in its response to market changes and employment trends, including job automation, artificial intelligence, and other factors changing the nature of work. Based on this, design and initiate a business development strategy ensuring a wide variety of exceptional opportunities for Yale SOM students across all sectors and industries, including traditional for-profit enterprises, entrepreneurial companies, governments, and non-profit and social-sector enterprises.
  2. Leverage the Global Network for Advanced Management to forge institutional relationships across the global career space and generate business development opportunities to strengthen employment outcomes.
  3. Leverage technology to continue the buildout of innovative career education programming and other initiatives.
  4. Partner with the Communications Department to liaise with and generate coverage by media outlets.
  5. Develop a comprehensive service-delivery strategy to provide growing pre-experience populations with robust career management curriculum and access to global internship and full-time opportunities.


  1. Effectively communicate with all constituents—students, employers, faculty and staff—regarding all facets of CDO activity.
  2. Develop, nurture and enhance employer relationships across industries and sectors in both traditional and non-traditional graduate business school employment channels.  Help employers understand why Yale SOM should be a core school in their MBA hiring.
  3. Develop and nurture relationships with firms and organizations, both domestic and international, which do not recruit on campus or hire Yale SOM graduates.  Communicate effectively with key decision makers in these organizations to help them understand the School’s unique mission and the caliber of our graduates.
  4. Proactively engage and partner with students, including student interest groups representing areas of professional interest (i.e., student clubs).
  5. Manage the design and execution of career services support to alumni, including coaching, alumni career development events and direct support, as appropriate.
  6. Collaborate with Career Development peers across the university and other Yale administrators to broaden Yale SOM ties and engagement with the greater university community. Work closely with CDO Directors representing joint-degree and exchange programs at Yale and elsewhere (for example, by planning and hosting joint Yale graduate program career fairs).
  7. Collaborate with the Yale Program on Entrepreneurship to ensure successful degree to venture transition for students seeking to start their own business.
  8. Serve as thought leader across domestic and global career services landscape, engaging with relevant professional associations, peer institutions, and key corporate partners.


  1. Manage, coach and develop approximately 16 professional and administrative support staff. Oversee the supervision of externally hired consultants where appropriate. 
  2. As a member of the school’s senior staff, work closely with the Yale SOM administrative deans and directors in setting direction, policy and guidelines for the student population.


  1. Set CDO policies, procedures and guidelines for student and employer participation in recruiting activity and develop mechanisms that ensure adherence to those policies.
  2. Supervise the collection, compilation and reporting of MBA internship and graduate employment data to appropriate outlets.
  3. Set direction for and oversee the implementation of technological applications and databases that enable students, staff, alumni and employers to access crucial information for career development and recruitment purposes.
  4. Manage the CDO operating budget to effectively deploy resources against priorities and to maximize return on investment.

Required Education & Experience: 

Bachelor’s Degree in related field. Seven years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skills & Abilities: 

  1. Proven track record of strategic thinking, marketing/relationship-building expertise, fiscal management and effective outreach to diverse constituencies. Proven success at multi-tasking and management of competing demands.
  2. Outstanding oral and written communication and presentation skills. Ability to listen to and work well with internal and external stakeholder groups. Strong record of independent judgment and decision-making with respect to policy and guideline standard-setting and management.
  3. Familiarity with advanced IT applications to facilitate seamless information exchanges with stakeholders. Curiosity about the future of work, technology, and employment trends, and ability to synthesize information about these into initiatives that will benefit students and SOM.
  4. Developmental management skill with respect to promoting staff members’ professional development and advancement.
  5. Must be flexible. May require some domestic and international travel.


MBA, other Master's degree or appropriate professional degree. 6-10 years' creative leadership experience in the career services and recruitment industry, preferably in both academic and corporate environments. Global orientation; experience working across countries and regions, and fluency in more than one language.


  • Customer Service Focus – Listening carefully to and understanding customers’ needs and proactively responding to those needs in a consistent and timely manner.
  • Teamwork/Communication – Working cooperatively to achieve common goals. Support cooperation, collaboration and the sharing of information.
  • Product Excellence – Provide the best quality product available and continuously upgrade standards to maintain quality.
  • Leadership – Provide direction and motivation to others through communication, modeling appropriate behavior, optimism and high achievement.
  • Innovative – Openness to new ideas and their implementation. Ability to react and adapt to changing situations appropriately.
  • Strategic Thinking – Recognize opportunities, identify critical, high pay-off activities and prioritize them to attain goals.

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